Otis Curtis


Web Project – Flash Sites

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Vector Park.

This website has many of the elements that I would like my site to include. Visually it is very clean as the whole thing is made of vectors, but the way the user interacts with the site is what I am most interested in. ‘Park’ is just one of a few mini-games on Vector Park, I like the fact that there is absolutely no text on the screen (except for the recent addition of a sitemap on the home page) and there are very few instructions of any kind in the whole site. As there are no instructions, the user will find the visual elements on the screen particularly intriguing, and wish to explore, play and experiment with all of the elements on the screen.

By having no instructions, and encouraging exploration from its users, Vector Park reinvents the idea of navigation as a game in itself. This is a much more interesting approach to navigation than the standard links and buttons, and has drawn me back to the site again and again.




Donnie Darko & Requiem For a Dream

These sites, for the films Donnie Darko and Requiem For a Dream respectively, both also apply no standard navigation or buttons. Although unlike Vector Park visually, these two websites both allow the same level of adventure that comes with having alternative navigation systems. As with Vector Park, there is an indefinite target for the user: They will continue through the narrative, exploring the screen with their mouse. This particular aspect is something I would definitely like to get across in my portfolio site.


Written by otiscurtis

November 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm

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  1. I just watched Donnie Darko the other day! They are both interesting sites, although look a little dated now, you think? I like the bit on Requiem site where the images avoid your mouse pointer… good idea!


    November 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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